- Cristiano Ronaldo is currently leading rival Lionel Messi in direct free-kicks scored
- Ronaldo has netted 53 direct free kicks so far in his career while Lionel Messi has 47
- Messi leads the race for European Golden Shoe having netted 32 goals in La Liga this season
Lionel Messi's recent free-kick heroics has been saluted by football fans around the world as the Argentina international is now on the verge of winning the 2018/19 Spanish La Liga title.
Messi's free-kick against Villareal was his third in three games and seventh of the season which makes him the only player to score more than 6 free-kicks in consecutive seasons in the La Liga
This has made many football fans to rate Lionel Messi ahead of his main rival Cristiano Ronaldo as regards who has better free kicks records.
But according to the latest report by Metro, Cristiano Ronaldo is still ahead of Lionel Messi in the number of direct free-kicks scored in their careers.
Messi has scored 47 direct free-kicks in his glittering career overall while Ronaldo is yet to score a free-kick for his new club Juventus.
But Ronaldo on the other hand has netted 53 direct free-kicks in his decorated career in which 13 of those free-kicks came for Manchester United, 32 for Real Madrid and 8 for Portugal.
Meanwhile, Messi and Ronaldo have won five Ballon d'Or award each and the only major title yet to be won by these two players is the World Cup.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Barcelona star Lionel Messi broke yet another record in top five European Leagues after scoring one of his side's goals against Villarreal on Tuesday, April 2.
The 31-year-old came on in the 61st minute and scored a stunner from a free-kick in the 90th minute, before Luis Suarez finally rescued a point for the visitors through his 93rd minute long range shot.
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